Saturday & Sunday, December 16-17

A Christmas Carol at Calvary Chapel of the Harbour
December 11-17: Join the ACTS Drama group for a free performance of this holiday classic. Monday, Tuesday, Friday, 7 p.m. Sunday, 3 and 7 p.m. Free.

 
A Christmas Carol in Costa Mesa
November 24 – December 24: Nineteenth-century London comes to life when your family joins the SCR family for the holidays. Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters – Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come – and, as always, everyone’s favorite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge. Ages 6+; no children under age six will be admitted; regardless of age, everyone must have a ticket, sit in a seat and be able to sit quietly through the performance. Segerstrom Stage. Check website for performance times and ticket prices. South Coast Repertory.

 
A Christmas Carol in Pasadena
December 1-23: Join everybody’s favorite holiday humbug, Ebenezer Scrooge, on a fantastical journey that celebrates the spirit of the season. Bring the whole family and revel in this holiday tradition. Days and times vary. $25-45. A Noise Within.

 
A Christmas with Scrooge in Irvine
December 1-30: Join the Musical Theatre Village for a production of this Christmas classic. Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. Adults, $16; kids, $14 (add $3 for opening and closing gala nights).

 
A Rawhide Country Christmas at Rawhide Ranch in Bonsall
December 9-10 and 16-17: Join a magical holiday event at Rawhide Ranch, a 40-acre working ranch and camp nestled in the hills of Bonsall. This four day Christmas family event offers something for adults and kids of all ages. Come for a couple of hours, or stay all day. Activities include pony rides, hay rides, photos with Santa, Christmas lights, BBQ dinner, holiday snacks and refreshments, hourse vaulting exhibit, carolers, live music, carols around a campfire, and arts and crafts fair. Saturday and Sunday, 3-8 p.m. Free admission, minimal fee for activities and BBQ dinner. Parking, $10.

 
A Snow White Christmas in Santa Ana
December 9-17: Join Snow White, Rose Red, a polar bear, and seven magical elves face off against the Ice Queen in a classic tale of good versus evil. $10-15. Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Ebell Theater.

 
A Whistling White House Wonderland at Nixon Library
November 20 – January 7: Vintage model trains will fill the Nixon Library once again as the centerpiece of “A Whistling White House Wonderland,” a holiday celebration. The festive 24-foot wide, 10-foot tall snow-capped mountain of toy trains will feature classic model trains of Christmas past plus Thomas the Tank Engine whistling over bridges and chugging through tunnels. The six-track design, with more than 50 feet of rails, features an all-American 1950s Midwestern town, with billowing factories, quaint family homes and expansive farms. A miniature replica of New York’s iconic Hell Gate Bridge towers over the ridges and valleys; the bridge, first modeled by Lionel Trains in the 1930s, still stands between Manhattan and Queens. The showcase reflects President Nixon’s love of trains that began in his Yorba Linda childhood. Daily. $20+.

 
A Winter’s Tale: A Musical Dickens of a Christmas Carol
Through December 16: A Winter’s Tale is a spirited musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Featuring a cast of 36 actors all under 18, this beloved classic is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season for both children and adults. This holiday show is presented by Morgan-Wixson’s award-winning Youth Education Series (Y.E.S.) and is part of the theatre’s commitment to engaging young audiences, training young talent, and supporting literacy. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Adults, $20. Kids (12 and under), $15. Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Free parking west of the theatre at the Venice Family Clinic. The Morgan-Wixson Theatre.

 
Aladdin and His Winter Wish at the Laguna Playhouse
December 7-31: American Panto returns for the third year to Laguna Playhouse in Aladdin and His Winter Wish. The classic fairytale is set to modern music, complete with dancing, humor, magic and audience participation. As more fun to your holiday festivities this winter and don’t forget to bring the entire family. It’s the best new holiday tradition in town! Days and times vary, visit their website for details and ticket purchase.

 
American Ballet Theatre The Nutcracker at Segerstrom Center for the Arts
December 7-17: An irresistible Southern California tradition returns as American Ballet Theatre and Segerstrom Center for the Arts present Alexei Ratmansky’s sumptuous production of The Nutcracker. A cast of more than 100 performers will take you on a dreamlike adventure, amid colorful, larger-than-life scenery, dancing toy soldiers, mischievous mice, sparkling snowflakes, and a glittering Christmas tree! Audiences will be thrilled by ABT’s most celebrated dancers and delighted by sets and costumes by Tony-winning designer Richard Hudson as the ballet unfolds to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. Wednesday-Sunday. Wednesday-Friday, 7 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sundays, 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

 
Annual Christmas Train in Orange
December 1-23: Come with family and friends and take this enchanting night ride through historic Irvine Regional Park to meet Santa Claus. The train departs from the brightly-lit train station and drop passengers off at the North Pole. Children share their wish list with Santa and have their photo taken with him too. You may take pictures with your personal camera or you may purchase a photo taken by Irvine Park Railroad. After visiting with Santa, hop back aboard the train and enjoy the colorful Christmas lights and decorations, as well as the magical “Tunnel of Lights”, on the ride back to Santa’s Village. Daily. Train ride, $15. Activity rickets, $5. Book of 15 activity tickets are $60.00 ($15.00 savings). Activity tickets cannot be used to ride the Christmas Train. Parking, $3-7.

 
Artic Lights at the Moorpark College Teaching Zoo
December 16-17: The zoo will be decorated from top to bottom with sparkles and lights! Get that last minute gift shopping done at the merchandise table and bake sale while the kids play in real snow, drink hot chocolate, and enjoy winter themed crafts and games.
Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Adults, $8; kids (3-12), $6. Bring in a string of working LED lights and receive a free adult admission for that day. For an extra $7 per person, guests can tour the back areas and interact with some of the animals.

 
Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose at the Pasadena Playhouse
December 14-24: Enjoy an updated version of the classic tale, in the style of a traditional British family Panto, featuring family-friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing, contemporary music and more. Audience members can enjoy a free pre-show one hour prior to curtain time celebration including crafts, games, Santa Claus (on select days), and more. Days and times vary, visit website for tickets. $24+. The Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

 
Breakfast with Santa in Huntington Beach
December 16: Put on your best holiday gear and bring the family to enjoy festivities including a pancake breakfast, holiday music, arts and crafts and a picture with Santa. Saturday, 8:30-10:30 a.m. $10 per person; registration required, space is limited. Murdy Community Center.

 
Chanukah Festival and Menorah Lighting in Belmont Shore
December 17: Join a Grand Chanukah Festival with a balloon Menorah Lighting, live music, latkes, crafts, fresh donuts, and more. Sponsored by Belmont Shore Business Association & Shul by the Shore. Sunday, 4 p.m. Free.

 
CHOC Toy Drive at Pretend City
November 24 – December 23: Help spread holiday cheer to patients at CHOC Childrens Hospital! Pretend City Childrens Museum partners up with the Orange Coast Harley Owners Group and Orange County Harley-Davidson to benefit the patients at CHOC Childrens Hospital by collecting new, unwrapped toys all month long! Daily, visit their website for daily schedule. Bring a child’s toy valued at $5 or greater to receive 25% off general admission.

 
Christmas at the OC Zoo
December 16: Join holiday fun at the OC Zoo with visits with Santa, story time with Mrs. Claus, holiday kids crafts, photo area, and games. Plus, see the zoo animals receive treat-filled “gifts” and treats hidden inside Christmas trees throughout the day! Saturday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Included with zoo admission; $2 per person; parking, $5.

 
Christmas Blvd. 2017 in Fullerton
December 14-17: EvFree Church invites you to celebrate the season joining them at Christmas BLVD, a family-oriented holiday experience for all generations. There will be food trucks, a climbing wall, fresh cotton candy and kettle corn being made, sledding hills made of real snow, a horse-drawn carriage, a train, inflatables and carnival rides, woodworking demonstrations, snow falling gently, nightly concerts in the Worship Center and more. Free admission and parking. Food and tickets for select activities will be available for purchase. Many attractions and activities will be free of charge. Thursday-Sunday, 4-9 p.m. EvFree Church of Fullerton.

 
Christmas Countdown at Pretend City
December 12-23: Its time to begin the 12 days of Christmas Countdown! The weeks that lead up to Christmas are an exciting and magical time for young children. The wait for Christmas day can seem almost endless. These daily activities will help to channel your young child’s anticipation into simple activities that celebrate the holiday. Daily, visit their website for daily schedule. Free with admission; no reservation required.

 
Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios
Through January 7: This holiday season, celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter where Hogsmeade is transformed in wondrous spirit. And, experience an all-new holiday spectacle with dazzling lights and music cast against the majestic backdrop of Hogwarts castle. Included in admission. Daily.

 
Christmas Melodrama and Ice Cream Social at OCC
December 8-10 and 15-17: The Orange Coast College Drama Department presents an old fashioned Christmas melodrama and ice cream social. Boo the villain, cheer the hero and enjoy an ice cream treat during this fun family sing-along. Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2:30 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 2:30 p.m. $7-9. Orange Coast College Drama Lab Theatre.

 
Decorate Holiay Cookies with Chunk-N-Chip in Santa Ana
December 16: Join Chunk-N-Chip for a cookie workshop. $28. Saturday, 2-4 p.m. Call to RSVP.

 
Dinner with Santa at Descanso Gardens
December 8-9, 15-16: Share a jolly evening with the Man in Red! The dinner includes a buffet and fun activities for the youngsters. Friday and Saturday, 5 and 7 p.m. Call or visit website for prices, register by December 4.

 
Disney On Ice Follow Your Heart in Anaheim
December 14 – January 7: Follow your heart straight to adventure with Disney On Ice! The ice skating extravaganza features the beloved stories and characters from the smash hit animated movies Finding Dory and Inside Out for the first time in a live production. Just keep swimming with Dory, Nemo, Marlin and new pal Hank from Finding Dory as they embark on a life-changing excursion to find her parents and discover the true meaning of family. Cheer with Joy, Sadness, and the rest of the Emotions from Inside Out as they help Riley find the confidence to win the big hockey game. Venture to wintery world of Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen and learn love is the most powerful magic of all. See Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana and the Disney Princesses make their dreams come true through their virtues of bravery, kindness and perseverance. And celebrate true friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody and the Toy Story gang. Los Angeles, Staples Center, December 14-17; Anaheim, Honda Center, December 20-24; and Long Beach Arena, December 27 – January 1; and Ontario, Citizen’s Bank Arena, Janaury 3-7. Tickets start at $25.

 
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas in San Diego
November 4 – December 24: Visit The Old Globe for Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas! A wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book. Back for its 17th incredible year, the family favorite features the songs “This Time of Year,” “Santa for a Day” and “Fah Who Doraze,” the delightful carol from the popular animated version of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash. Days and times vary; 11 a.m. matinee performances are open to all ages; everyone must have a ticket; kids under age 3 will not be admitted except during 11 a.m. performances. Note: Special sensory-friendly performance, Saturday, December 9, 10:30 a.m. $67+.

 
Duck the Halls Family Parties in Tustin
November 25, December 2, 9, and 16: Join the Duck the Halls Party Features holiday trees inspired and designed by the Anaheim Ducks! Plus, meet and take photos with the Anaheim Ducks mascot Wild Wing as well as the Power Players. Kids crafts and games. Saturday, 2-4 p.m. See website for locations.

 
Elf at Saban Theatre
December 16: After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man (Will Ferrell) raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity. Get your seasonal cheer on as you find strolling Christmas carolers and holiday food galore inside the theater, or next door, at Grand Central Market’s cornucopia of sweet and savory options. Saturday, doors open at 6 p.m., movie at 8 p.m. $28+.

 
Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens
November 19 – January 7: Two theatrical lighting houses have created 12 unique, large-scale lighting experiences that illuminate a mile-long walk through some of Descanso Gardens’ most beloved locations, including the Oak Grove, the Lake, Rose Garden and Camellia Forest. Three of these displays are interactive, allowing visitors to manipulate the lights and sounds. The walk concludes with a spectacular light display in Descanso’s iconic Japanese Garden, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Be sure to stop for hot cocoa (or an adult beverage) at the illuminated Lakeside Lounge in the Oak Woodland! $28+. Daily, 5-10 p.m.

 
Family Christmas Concerts at Nixon Library
December 10 and 17: Bring the whole clan and enjoy holiday favorites. Sunday, doors open at 1:30 p.m.; music at 2 p.m. Free. See line up below.

December 10: Christmas Concert, Kid Singers

December 17: Green/Orozco Families Christmas Concert

 
Family Hike at Crystal Cove State Park
December 17: Join a park naturalist on a one hour family nature walk at Crystal Cove State Park to learn about the plants and animals living in the park. Sunday, 9 a.m. $15 day-use parking fee. Meet at Berns Amphitheater.

 
Family Science Sunday at Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
December 17: Family Science Sundays feature free activities for kids (2-10). Each month, explore a different educational theme. The activities are self-guided and may include hands-on exhibits, outside hikes, crafts and more. Free. Sunday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 
Festival of Lights at The Mission Inn Hotel in Riverside
November 24 – January 6: Your family will be swept away by more than 3.6 million+ brilliant lights transforming Riverside’s historic hotel into magic. In addition to the external light display, throughout the season The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa features a decorated Christmas tree, appearances by Santa Claus and Dickensian Carolers singing cheerful holiday tunes, authentic horse-drawn carriages, live reindeer, and hundreds of characters dressed in 17th Century costumes to entertain crowds and evoke the spirit of the season. Daily, 4:30-11 p.m. Note: Day trip visitors can also extend their Festival of Lights tour by dining, shopping or taking in High Tea. Plus, you can stay the night, check out the Festival of Lights room packages.

 
Grand Park Lights Up the Holidays
November 26 – December 26: Grand Park will be magically lit for the holidays, with a 45-foot tree as the centerpiece. Daily. Free.

 
Great Russian Nutcracker at the Wiltern
December 15-16: Direct from Russia to Los Angeles, the classic Great Russian Nutcracker will entertain the whole family, with nearly 40 classically trained dancers, a 60-foot growing Christmas tree, hand-made costumes and hand-painted sets designed by Academy Award nominee Carl Sprague. Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” receives critical acclaim in over 100 cities, from New York to Los Angeles. Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets start at $43.

 
Grinchmas at Universal Studios
December 2-31: A grinchy-green “Grinchmas” returns to Universal Studios Hollywood with a Who-lebration fit for The Grinch. Universal Plaza will once again features a towering 60 foot tall whimsical Grinchmas tree as the ideal photo op for guests. The spirit of Grinchmas will also come to life aboard the world-famous behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, with engaging performances by Who-ville Whos re-enacting popular scenes and songs from the blockbuster film, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Weekends through December 10; then daily, December 16-31. Call for specific dates and times. Included in the price of park admission. (800) UNIVERSAL.

 
Heritage House Christmas Tour at Fullerton Arboretum
December 15-16: Enjoy a family-friendly evening in the garden while strolling the luminaria lined pathways. Event includes live music, a peek into Heritage House, a children’s craft and evening admission to the garden. $15. Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m.

 
Holiday Candlelight Concert with the Pasadena Symphony
December 16: Top off the holiday season in the architecturally exquisite and acoustically sonorous All Saints Church, Pasadena’s equivalent of a classic European cathedral. An array of choruses highlight this festive concert featuring the most popular and cherished holiday melodies performed by candlelight an aural respite that is sure to summon the spirit of the season. Saturday, 4 and 7 p.m. $20+. All Saints Church.

 
Holiday Entertainment at the Irvine Spectrum
November 11 – December 31: This season celebrate the weekend at Irvine Spectrum Center with live Holiday Entertainment on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the holiday season. See line up below. Subject to change without notice.

Saturday, November 11, 6-9 p.m.
Eddie Campbell Guitar & Drums – Myrtle’s Courtyard

Sunday, November 12, 2-5 p.m.
Gemini Strings Violin & Guitar – Edwards Court

Saturday, November 18, 6-9 p.m.
Robert Simon – Myrtles Courtyard

Sunday, November 19, 2-5 p.m.
Victor Estrada – Edwards Court

Saturday, November 25, 6-9 p.m.
Victoria Estrada – Myrtle’s Courtyard

Sunday, November 26, 2-5 p.m.
Eddie Campbell Guitar & Drums – Edwards Court

Saturday, December 2, 6-9 p.m.
Robert Simon – Edwards Court

Sunday, December 3, 2-5 p.m.
Unplugged Carolers – Edwards Court

Saturday, December 9, 6-9 p.m.
Justin On Sax – Myrtle’s Courtyard

Sunday, December 10, 2-5 p.m.
Unplugged Carolers – Edwards Court

Saturday, December 16, 6-9 p.m.
Grace Rodgers – Myrtle’s Courtyard

Sunday, December 17, 2-5 p.m.
Unplugged Carolers – Edwards Court

Saturday, December 23, 6-9 p.m.
Jazz Trio – Myrtle’s Courtyard

Sunday, December 24, 2-5 p.m.
Carolers Inc – Edwards Court

Saturday, December 30, 6-9 p.m.
Eddie Campbell Guitar & Drums – Myrtle’s Courtyard

Sunday, December 31, 2-5 p.m.
Gemini Strings Electric Violin with Tracks – Edwards Court

 
Holiday Festival at the Muckenthaler
December 17: The Muckenthaler’s annual Holiday Festival features home and gallery tours, performances, an arts and crafts fair and delicious food vendors. The family-friendly event also provides free art workshops for kids, a children’s play area, and a special appearance by Santa Claus. Sunday, noon – 4 p.m. Free.

 
Holiday Ice Skating Show at The Rinks Anaheim ICE
December 17: The Rinks – Anaheim ICE presents their annual holiday ice skating show. Sunday, 4 p.m., General, $15; Youth (ages 3-12), $10, Ages 2 and under free. Tickets can be purchased at The Rinks – Anaheim ICE Program Office.

 
Holiday in the Park at Six Flags
November 18 – December 31: The park is transformed into a winter wonderland with thousands of colorful lights, carolers performing classic yuletide favorites and personalized meet-and-greets with Santa and his helpers. Enjoy all the wonderful aromas and tastes of the season including hot chocolate, cider, custom fudge, holiday-inspired funnel cake flavors and many other traditional favorites.

 
Holiday Pops Spectacular at the Warner Grand Theatre
December 16: Celebrate the holiday season with the Golden State Pops Orchestra and Chorale for a festive performance of timeless holiday film music and traditional favorites. Saturday, 8 p.m. $28.50-60.

 
Holiday Sing-Along with the LA Phil
December 16: Accompanied by Walt Disney Concert Hall’s huge pipe organ, a choir and a jazz combo, you’ll enjoy singing numerous popular songs of the season. A jolly good time for the entire family! Saturday, 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. $33+. Walt Disney Concert Hall.

 
Holiday TV Shows Schedule
November 4 – December 26: Enjoy classic and new holiday TV shows with the family. Check your local listings for time changes. All times are in Eastern time.

 
Holiday’s Around the World in Costa Mesa
December 7-10 and 12-17: Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Holidays Around the World festival will turn the new Julianne and George Argyros Plaza into an international cultural crossroads. The Argyros Plaza will be alive with free performances and family activities representing beloved holiday customs and traditions. Each night, the magic of winter will come to life outside as well with wondrous snowfall! Plus, enjoy festive holiday photo opportunities for friends and family, share your family’s holiday traditions and help decorate the Path of Traditions through the Community Grove, decorate a cookie, and make your own s’more. Storytellers will share the history of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Plus, enjoy your favorite food trucks. And, in the spirit of the season, representatives from community service organizations will be on hand to accept donations of food, clothing and more. Visit the website for full schedule and times. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Argyros Plaza.

 
Hooray for Chanukah at Pretend City
December 12-20: Celebrate Chanukah at Pretend City. Your child will love these rich and diverse activities about the Chanukah miracle and the importance of many of the traditions of the holiday. Have fun learning about this wonderful holiday through games, finger play rhymes, art projects and activities. Daily, visit their website for schedule. Free with admission; reservation not required. Pretend City Children’s Museum.

 
Huntington Harbor Cruise of Lights
December 15-18 and 21-23: In it’s 55th year, the narrated cruise sails through the waterways of Huntington Harbour to see the holiday lighted homes and holiday decorations. Days and times vary. Adults, $19; kids (2-12), $12. Extended tour: adults, $29; kids, (2-12), $23. Land and Sea option also available.

 
International Day with the Critters at Santa Ana Zoo
December 17: All Zoo event featuring festive decorations, international stations, crafts, animals and entertainment. Saturday, noon – 3 p.m. Included with admission.

 
It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Show in Fullerton
November 24 – December 17: The beloved American Classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940’s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. Additional shows, December 9, 10 and 16.

 
Jungle Bells at San Diego Zoo
December 8 – January 1: The San Diego Zoo’s annual winter celebration is filled with holiday cheer! During the three-week wintery celebration, guests can experience holiday-themed animal presentations and a nightly tree lighting ceremony, as well as other festive activities. Daily, zoo, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. for the Jungle Bells celebration. Included with zoo admission.

 
Kids Create a Winter Wreath at Sherman Library and Gardens
December 16: Children will create a wreath filled with berries, carnations, a red faux bird and sprinkled with snow. Saturday. 9:30 am. Friends, $30; non-members, $35; second child, $25.

 
Knott’s Merry Farm in Buena Park
November 18 – January 7: Enjoy “Merry Christmas, Snoopy!” on Ice, “It’s the Merriest Christmas Show Ever, Charlie Brown” holiday show, Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and O. Henry’s “A Gift of the Magi” at the Bird Cage, a crafts fair, carolers, holiday decorations, and nightly snow in Ghost Town. Plus, visit with Santa and enjoy seasonal treats. Daily. $45+.

 
L.A. Zoo Lights and Reindeer Romp at the Los Angeles Zoo
November 17 – January 7: With the flick of a switch, the zoo is set aglow with breathtaking displays. Guests enjoy LED lights by the thousands, giant illuminated snowflakes, a disco ball forest, glittering twinkle tunnels, stunning 3-D animated projections, and a laser show set to music boasting majestic screens of water with projections of fanciful animation and an animal shadow puppet installation complete with interactive photo-op and a new waterfall feature in the Children’s Zoo. A giant illuminated snake atop the LAIR. Inside the LAIR, guests are bathed in ultraviolet light for a black light party with scurrying “insects” above the rock walls. Daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas. Adults, $9-14+; kids (2-12), $9-11+.

 
LA International Children’s Film Festival
December 17: The 13th annual festival will present full-length and short animated, live action and documentary films from around the world, for toddlers to teens. Filmmakers and actors will be present for question and answer sessions after each screening. Sunday,10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free.

 
Lakeshore Learning’s Free Saturday Workshops
December 16: Kids (3+) make a My Winter Headband. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. No reservations necessary. Carson, (310) 537-4778; Fountain Valley, (714) 963-8255; and Laguna Hills, (949) 462-9353.

 
Las Posadas Fiesta at Pretend City Childrens Museum
December 16: Go to Pretend City with your family to celebrate the first day of this 9 day Mexican Christmas celebration. Through special activities and events your children will have fun learning about the history of this celebration. Saturday, all day. Free with admission; no reservation required. PRetend City Children’s Museum.

 
Live Nativity Play and International Celebration at Old World
December 17: Each year Old World Village plays host to the International Celebration of Christmas, a celebration that brings together a diverse group of churches, singers and dancers for a celebration that highlights the true meaning of the holiday season. All proceeds and donations from the event benefit local charities. Sunday, 6 p.m.

 
Macy’s Letters To Santa
November 7 – December 24: Kids can create a letter to Santa and drop it off at Macy’s (or send it virtually online). For every letter received, Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-a-Wish (up to $1 million dollars). Daily. Free.

 
Menorah Lighting Ceremony at the Irvine Spectrum
December 17: Join the Irvine Spectrum to celebrate Hanukkah with music and festive traditions at the annual Menorah Lighting, hosted by the Chabad of Irvine. Sunday, 3 p.m. Edwards Court.

 
Miracle On 34th Street Live at Pasadena Playhouse
December 14-23: When a department store Santa claims he’s the real thing, it takes him all the way to the supreme court. Watch what happens as this classic story finds new life on stage in a live performance of the original 1940s radio broadcast, complete with scripts in hand, a live foley artist (creating all the sounds!), a possible sing-along, and a twinkle of holiday cheer. Recommended for ages 6+, and able to sit for a little over an hour. $25+. Member and group discounts available. See website for performance times.

 
Nature Hike at Caspers Wilderness Park
December 10-31: Join the park ranger for a one-mile nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park. Hike lasts approximately one hour and is suitable for all ages. Sundays, 8-9:15 a.m. $5 per vehicle. Meet at the Old Corral Day Use Area.

 
Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Marina Park Family Fun Night
December 13-17: Join over a million viewers to watch beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail along Newport Harbor in the 109th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. View elaborate Christmas light displays of bayfront estates with their Ring Of Lights competition and hundreds of decorated ships of all sizes compete for top awards in over a half dozen categories. Nightly, 6:15-9 p.m. Marina Park Family Fun Night, December 15: enjoy a fun family event for all ages, with lots of activities includingcrafts for kids, photos with Santa, food andfinish off the evening with one of the most prestigious locations to watch the annual Christmas Boat Parade; 5:30-8 p.m.; adults, $25 and kids, $15; Marina Park Community Center, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd. It is highly recommended to carpool and/or arrive early to avoid traffic delays, find parking and locate a viewing area.

 
Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade and Holiday Cruises
December 1-12 and December 18 – December 31: Hoiday cruises are offered nightly on the nights of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. Monday-Sunday, 5:30, 7 and 8:30 p.m departure times. $32+. Registration by phone or online.

 
North Pole Express Train in Fillmore
Selected dates November 25 – December 23: Celebrate Christmas with a one-hour ride aboard a vintage train. Wear your pajamas, dress warm, and remember to bring your camera to take pictures with Santa after the train ride. Vendors will be on-site so you can purchase unique holiday gifts. Train departs at 6 and 7:30 p.m.; additional 4:45 p.m. departures on December 16-19 and 20-23. Adults, $30; kids (2-12), $20.

 
Ocean in Art Gyotaku at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
December 16: Create one-of-a-kind gifts as you practice the art of Gyotaku fish printing. Fee includes paint and paper – please bring fabric or clothes to print on during this studio workshop. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – noon. $18; preregistration required by December 8. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated.

 
Operation Santa Paws 2017
December 1-16: An annual collection of pet toys, shelter supplies and treats that are delivered to shelter and rescue dogs and cats. Deliveries will be made on December 16th to animals in need. Visit their website for program details and drop-off locations.

 
Outdoor Ice Skating in Downtown Burbank
December 14 – January 7: Steps away from hundreds of shops and restaurants decked out for the holiday season. Sunday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. General admission, $10; skate rentals; $5; and Bobby the Seal rentals, $6. Third St. and Orange Grove.

December 14: Opening day special, $10 unlimited skating, free skate rental

Every Saturday: Learn-to-Skate classes, kids (5-15), 9-9:25 a.m.; adults, 9:25-9:50 a.m.
$25, includes lesson, skate rental, and skate session at 10 a.m.

 
Outdoor Ice Skating in Temecula
December 15 – January 8: Start practicing those double axels and salchows, as Temecula On Ice returns for the holiday season! You’ll find a state-of-the-art ice rink, comfortable rental skates, the always popular Bobby skating aid and its own radio station playing the best ice skating music in Temecula. Sunday-Thursday, 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. 11 p.m. Open Christmas Day, noon – 9:30 p.m. and New Year’s Eve, 10 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Admission, $10; skate rental, $6; Bobby skating aid, $6; NYE Skate Special, $20. Town Square Park.

 
Outdoor Ice Skating Rink in Tustin
November 24 – January 15: Bring your family and friends this holiday season to experience the new District Freeze Ice Rink at The District at Tustin Legacy. As the largest outdoor ice-skating rink in Orange County, the District Freeze features real ice, night session lighting, music, and more. Open daily, visit website for skating schedule. $19, includes skate rental. $16, bring your own skates. The District at Tustin, 2437 Park Ave., Tustin. (714) 259-9090. www.thedistricttl.com

 
Parade of 1,000 Lights in Long Beach
December 16: Watch dozens of yachts decked out with holiday lights cruise along the coast. With the best viewing points at Shoreline Village, the parade will wind from Shoreline Marina to Rainbow Harbor, past Pine Avenue Pier and alongside the Queen Mary. Saturday, 5:30 p.m. Free.

 
Parade of Lights in Dana Point Harbor
December 8-9 and 15-16: The annual boat parade of light sails into the harbor. Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Free to spectate by the water’s edge.

 
Pirates Take Christmas
December 1-25: In the spirit of the holidays, join Pirate’s Dinner Adventure’s “Pirates Take Christmas” for a night of fun and adventure, as they bring a holiday twist to the high seas! Help cheer on Santa to save Christmas! Scoundrel pirates have captured Santa and Mrs. Claus, threatening an end to the holiday season, and disappointing all of the good girls and boys of the world. You and your family and a little holiday magic can help ensure Santa defeats the pirates and saves the season. Enjoy a delicious four-course meal served during the show.

 
Ronald McDonald House OC Toy Drive
December 9-17: Help bring cheer to kids undergoing medical treatments by dropping off new, unwrapped toys or gifts at the Orange County Ronald McDonald House. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 
Santa Claus is Coming to Town at the OC Market Place
December 16-17: Santa Claus is coming to town! Families can take free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy free face painting, and a puppet show. Guests are encouraged to wear their ugly Christmas sweater for a truly festive experience! Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. See website for activities schedule. Adults, $2. Children (12 and under), free. Parking is free through gates 2 and 10 and be sure to tell the attendants you’re there for the Market Place.

 
Santa Run 5/10K and Kids’ Fun Run in Irvine
December 16: Wear your Santa hat and holiday costume to Orange County’s best holiday run. It’s stroller-friendly! Medals are given to the top three finishers by age group, plus prizes for the best running Santa, best non-Santa holiday costume and best kids’ holiday costume. Saturday, races start at 8 a.m., kids 1/2 mile fun run, 10 a.m. $12-45. Hicks Canyon Elementary School. Free shuttles from Beckman High School.

 
Santa Shopper Train with Fillmore and Western Railway
December 16-17: During the last weekend before Christmas, take a train ride to the Loose Caboose Garden Center and Gift Emporium for those great last minute Christmas gifts. If you still need a perfect tree, it’s just a short walk to the Tree Farm where you can buy one haul it back on the train. Saturday and Sunday, noon. Adults, $26; youth (4-12), $16; kids (2-3), $12. Fillmore & Western Railway Co.

 
Santa’s Workshops with Fashion Camp
December 13, 15, and 17: Kids (7+) join Fashionable Friday and create and design their own Santa’s Workshop! See days and times below. $49.

Wednesday, December 13, 2-4 p.m.
Friday, December 15, 4-6 p.m.
Sunday, December 17, 9 a.m. – noon

 
Science of Gingerbread at Discovery Cube Orange County
November 24 – December 31: Inside the kitchen, much more is going on than pouring and mixing it’s science at work! Discovery Cube Orange County’s Science of Gingerbread exhibition features hands-on kitchen science activities, decorating demonstrations and award-winning gingerbread houses on display. Daily. Included with admission.

 
Skating by the Sea in San Diego
November 23 – January 1: Skating by the Sea returns to Hotel del Coronado for the 13th year. The spectacular ice rink is located seaside on Windsor Lawn and features stunning views of the Pacific and Coronado beach. The Del’s iconic Victorian Building, adorned with thousands of white lights, provides a magical backdrop as holiday music fills the air and guests enjoy hot chocolate and libations. Weekdays, 4-10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. $30 per person, includes skate rental.

 
Snoopy House in Costa Mesa
December 14-23: Since 1966, The Snoopy House features holiday scenes and music for nightly viewing. Daily, 5:30-9 p.m. City Hall. Santa will visit nightly from 7-9 p.m.

 
Snow Los Angeles at Elysian Park and San Diego
November 17 – December 30: Visit LA’s first snow tubing park, just five minutes from downtown. Snow Los Angeles is a stunning 9-acre winter wonderland, with over 10,000 square feet of downhill snow tubing lanes. Hop on a tube and fly through twinkling light archways, decorated trees and falling snow. Stop for a snow globe photo op with the family, and enjoy the all new Winter Skating Rink and animated penguin light path, plus food trucks and drinks. Friday-Sunday, 6-10:30 p.m. $18+; free parking. November-December 16, The Old Lodge – Montecillo De Leo Politi, Stadium Way and Scott Ave., Los Angeles. December 22-30, Rohr Park, 4440 Sweetwater Road, Bonita.

 
South Coast Ballet Theater Presents The Nutcracker in Laguna Niguel
December 17-18: Join Dance Discovery Foundation in this Annual Holiday Tradition and Experience the Magic of the Nutcracker. Sunday and Monday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. $30. Tickets for the production are assigned and reception tickets are limited. Capistrano Valley Performing Arts Center.

 
Star Party at Griffith Observatory
December 16: Look through a large variety of professional and home-built telescopes to view the sun, planets, the moon and deep sky objects like double-stars, star clusters, and nebulae. The observatorys Zeiss 12-inch refractor and computer controlled 11-inch lawn telescopes are set up throughout the event. Saturday, 2-9:45 p.m. Free.

 
Star Wars Family Fun Night at Columbia Memorial Space Center
December 16: In a galaxy not too far away, the Columbia Memorial Space Center (CMSC) hosts its Star Wars-themed Family Fun Night! Wookies, Storm Troopers, Droids, Rebel Fighters, Ewoks, Padawans, and Jedi of all generations unite at the CMSC for fun space-related activities, games and demonstrations. At this special evening event, all Star Wars fans are invited to gather for an inter-galactic experience of learn through play, Jedi style. The CMSC will provide an out-of-this-world adventure the whole family can enjoy. They hope the force brings you to the CMSC for this exciting event. Come or do not, there is no try. Saturday, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Admission, $5; CMSC members, free.

 
Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood
December 15 – January 28: In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past. Before the movie experience an all-new Laser Lightsaber Show. Daily. $18+.

 
Starlight Train Ride in Torrance
December 16: Join Southern California Live Steamers for the annual Starlight Train Ride. Saturday, 5-8 p.m. 75 boarding tickets. Call for more information.

 
Strong Studios Presents The Nutcracker in Anaheim
December 16 and 17: Bring family and friends to an affordable show featuring seasoned dancers and local kids. Visit website for times and prices.

 
Sugar Plum Fairy at South Coast Repertory
December 3-24: The Madwoman in the Volvo is back and Scrooge isn’t the only one bitter about the holidays! Filled with ambition, rivalry and pre-teen angst, this hilarious tale of life’s crushing blows, recommended for high school and above,has been praised as a comic assault on holiday sentiment. $29+. Tuesday-Sunday, 7:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees, 2 p.m. Julianne Argyros Stage.

 
The Broadway Princess Party at Segerstrom Center for the Arts
December 14-16: The princesses are throwing a ball, and you’re invited! Where else might a little mermaid get to duet with a beautiful bookworm? Or might an ice queen drink tea alongside a princess with a lost glass slipper? Get your ball gown out of the closet and dust off that tiara for our Broadway Princess Party. Broadway’s Cinderella, two time Tony-nominee Laura Osnes brings a couple of her radiant leading lady friends, Susan Egan and Courtney Reed along with her music director Benjamin Rauhala to create a dazzling evening of musical magic. The all-star cast will sing the most beloved princess songs of stage and screen, reminiscing about their favorite fairytales and most cherished characters. Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. $89+. Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Samueli Theater.

 
The Holiday Gem in Garden Grove
November 24 – December 17: Be a part of a new tradition and ring in the holidays at The Gem Theatre with a fun for the whole family holiday review! Backed by live musicians, stunning costumes and a whimsical set; Santa Claus, his tap dancing elves and a cast of talented performers close out our season in true holiday fashion! Days and times vary, visit their website for detials. $18-26.

 
The Nutcracker Adapted by the Southern California Dance Theater
December 16-17: The Southern California Dance Theatre’s Nutcracker ballet is an annual tradition that can’t be missed by anyone who wants to get into the holiday spirit. Amidst added costumes, sets and choreography, a mysterious Drosselmeyer will stir up some magic and bring life to dolls and mice alike. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 2:30 p.m. $28-32. Downey Theater.

 
The Nutcracker at Regal Theaters
December 17: For one day only Fathom Events, BY Experience and Path Live are delighted to bring the timeless holiday classic, “The Nutcracker,” performed and captured live from the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, to select Regal Theaters nationwide. Check the web for locations and times.

 
The Nutcracker at the Irvine Barclay Theater
December 9-24: Festival Ballet Theatre’s breathtaking family-friendly production features superb colorful scenery and dazzling costumes, which make this age-old tradition sparkle like new. Be swept away by Tchaikovsky’s iconic score as the Sugar Plum Fairy, our heroine Clara, and a cast of hundreds take you on a magical journey to mystical lands. This full-length traditional production features world-renowned guest artists, FBT’s professional company dancers, and exceptional young talent from across the Southland. Check the website for show times. $42-75.

 
The Nutcracker Ballet in Temecula
December 15-23: If you could imagine a little girl named Clara, a magical Nutcracker doll, a mysterious magician Drosselmayer, toss in an evil Rat Queen, fearless soldiers, beautiful snowflakes, a breath-taking Sugar Plum fairy and enough sparkling costumes that would make Liberace weep with envy you are dreaming of the Nutcracker ballet! Various dates and times, check website for details. $20-24.

 
The Nutcracker by the Anaheim Ballet
December 16: Journey to Candyland with the traditional Christmas tale performed by the Anaheim Ballet. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. $25-$50. City National Grove of Anaheim.

 
The Nutcracker by the Los Angeles Ballet
December 9-31: An L.A. tradition, “The Nutcracker” is the perfect holiday event for children, family and friends to celebrate the season. Set on Christmas Eve in L.A. in 1912, Clara dreams of faraway lands, snow-covered landscapes and a most memorable Mouse King. Special appearances by the cast of characters and Santa Claus at each performance.
December 9-10, Alex Theater, Glendale; December 15-17, Royce Hall, UCLA; December 23-24, Dolby Theater, Hollywood; and December 29-31, Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. Ticket prices vary per venue.

 
The Nutcracker in Agoura Hills
December 16-17: Journey to Candyland with the traditional Christmas tale with California Dance Academy. This large scale professional production features the talents of over 90 academy dancers alongside professional guest dancers. Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 and 5:30 p.m. $22-32. Performing Arts Education Center.

 
The Nutcracker in Mission Viejo
December 14-17: Students from the Laguna Dance Theater perform with professional guest artists in this annual production of “The Nutcracker.” Thursday and Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 and 6 p.m. $22-26. Saddleback College McKinney Theater.

 
The Nutcracker in Rancho Cucamonga
December 15-17: Critically acclaimed Inland Pacific Ballet brings The Nutcracker to life with dazzling sets, beautiful costumes and more than 80 dancers on stage. A fantastic dream with battling mice, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers, and the delightful Sugar Plum Fairy stir the imagination.This is family entertainment at its best! Friday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 2:30 p.m. $27+.

 
The Nutcracker in Torrance
December 16-17: See top-notch dancers from South Bay Ballet perform the holiday classic, “The Nutcracker.” Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Adults, $34; kids (12 and younger), $24. El Camino College Center for the Arts.

 
The Secret Garden The Musical in Anaheim
November 24 – December 23: Based on the popular children’s book of the same name, The Secret Garden follows the story of Mary Lennox, a young British girl born and raised in colonial India. When the 11-year-old’s parents die in a cholera outbreak, she is sent to Yorkshire to live with a reclusive uncle, his invalid son – and a host of ghosts, spirits, and lost souls inhabiting Mary’s new home. Visit website for specific dates abd times. Adults, $40. Kids (4-12), $36. Bette Aitken Theatre Arts Center.

 
The Ultimate Nutcracker Experience in Irvine
December 15-17: From the moment the lights dim, you will be transported to a magical place filled with dancing snowflakes, a dashing prince, and Tchaikovsky’s majestic score based on one of the world’s most beloved ballets, presented by Maple Youth Ballet. Your family’s enchanting journey to the “Palace of the Sweets” will begin with a visit to Clara’s Tutu Tent for a host of fun activities for the kids an hour before each performance, plus enjoy delectable desserts and unique boutique offerings on sale during intermission. Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. $24-30. Portola High School.

 
The Young Americans Present The Magic of Christmas in La Mirada
December 7-17: In this special holiday production The Young Americans will take you on a ride to a magical place. Christmas in the northern mountains, snow, and a small town. Visit website for times. $29-60.

 
Tidepool Walk at Crystal Cove
December 16: Take the family for a docent-led low tide tidepool walk and see what how many different creatures you can find. Saturday, 1:30 p.m.. $15 day-use parking fee. Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2.

 
Tis the Season in Costa Mesa
December 17-18: Resounding brass and organ, angelic children’s voices, and the splendid singers of the Pacific Chorale bring seasonal classics and popular favorites to life in one of Orange County’s best-loved holiday traditions. Sunday, 5:30 p.m. and Monday, 7 p.m. Tickets start at $29. Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

 
Train to Santa’s Workshop in Perris
December 1-3, 8-10 and 15-17: Embark on a magical train ride and visit with Santa Claus himself at his North Pole workshop. Ride the train where elves will lead your family in Christmas songs, holiday trivia games and storytelling. Santa greets the guests as they arrive at the workshop. Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus at a play area, where children can play on Thomas train tables, a child-powered roller coaster and crafts. Enjoy refreshments at the Pinacate Station boarding area. Friday-Sunday; check the web for departure times. Adults, $20; kids (2-11), $15. Trains fill up fast, so make your reservation early.

 
Trolley Tour of Lights in Long Beach
December 5-28: Board a classic cable-car trolley for a waterfront tour that will showcase the best light displays around Long Beach. Each tour includes hot cocoa and a sugar cookie, a souvenir Santa hat and candy cane, holiday music and light narration. 30-minute tour, 5:15, 6, 6:45, 7:30, 8:15 and 9 p.m. start times: adults, $30; kids (12 and under), $20.

 
Trombone Christmas at Anaheim GardenWalk
December 16: Head to Anaheim GardenWalk as over 400 trombone players are expected to congregate to break the current Guinness World Record of 369 trombone players in a single concert. The event will also feature the Billy Beez mascot, a holiday photo booth, and performances by local school groups. Saturday, 1-2 p.m. Free.

 
Ugly Sweater Workshop at Fashion Camp OC
December 1, 2, 9, and 16: Kids (7+) can learn to hand sew a one-of-a-kind ugly holiday sweater for the season. All materials included. See days and times below. Visit website for cost and tickets.

Friday, December 1, 4-6 p.m.
Saturday, December 2, 9-11 a.m.
Saturday, December 9, 9-11 a.m.
Saturday, December 16, 9-11 a.m.

 
Valley Kids Consignment in San Fernando Valley
November 30 – January 28: Check out items for newborns to juniors, including toys, strollers, books, ride on toys, furniture, clothes, Pack N Plays, backpacks, shoes, maternity, and more. Daily, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. $16 to enter; free for new mommies, consignors and volunteers.

 
Vans Skatepark Holiday Skate Clinics
December 9 and 16: Vans Skatepark in Orange, a 40,000-square-foot facility, offers two Holiday Clinics on Saturday, December 9 and 16. Instruction is offered for beginner to advanced street skateboarders, ages 6-16. Pizza lunch is included. Clinic hours: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. $40 for members; $50 for non-members. Space is limited, so sign up today.

 
Viewing of the Newport Beach Boat Parade at Newport Sea Base
December 13-17: Join the Sea Base on their lawn for a view of the 110th annual Newport Beach Boat Parade. Wednesday – Sunday, opens at 6:45 p.m.; parade starts passing in front of the Sea Base around 8:30 p.m. Adults, $12. Kids (2-15), $10. Snacks and refreshments for purchase. Note: onsite parking available only with a prepaid parking pass.

 
Visit Santa at Roger’s Garden’s in Corona Del Mar
December 9-23: Bring kids to Roger’s Gardens and take a professional photos with Santa Claus. Santa will be in the Amphitheater waiting to hear every child’s wish for this Christmas season. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 
Willy Wonka Jr. in Irvine
December 16-17: Enjoy the classic play, which follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. The musical will feature the Creative Kids Playhouse (CKP) Camelot Players, an advanced theater troupe ranging in age from 9 to 16, performing Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world famous candy man and his quest to find an heir. $15. Saturday, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Merage Jewish Community Center.

 
Winter Break Crafts at the Mission San Juan Capistrano
December 2-31: Kids (6-12) enjoy special winter break activities at the Mission, including panning for gold, adobe brick making and arrowhead necklace making. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. $5 per craft or $10 for three crafts, in addition to admission.

 
Winter in Willmore at Drake Park
December 16: Enjoy sledding and snow play, holiday lights, treats, crafts and pictures with Santa! Families can also decorate their very own gingerbread houses. Saturday, noon – 5 p.m. Free.

 
Winter Wonderfest at Discovery Cube OC
December 16-17 and December 22 – January 7: Snow is coming to Los Angeles this winter, so bundle up and investigate the science behind weather, snow play, and tubing at Winter Wonderfest. Slide down a 75-foot ramp on an inflatable tube, build snowmen, and sled in real snow during a family-fun day without leaving Southern California! Orange County, 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 542-2823. Los Angeles, 11800 Foothill Blvd., Los Angeles, (818) 686-2823.

 
Winter Zoobilation at Santa Ana Zoo
December 1-31: The Santa Ana Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland called “Winter Zoobilation” with snow, lights and special holiday decorations for all to enjoy. Daily. Included with admission.